Country Germany

Discipline Street theatre

Recomended for General Audience

Duration 75 minutes

Language None, just some songs in German

Dates January 4, 21:00

Warning The audience stands and moves around the stage area. Involves pyrotechnics

A story turned into a political fable, inspired by the journeys of the migrants arriving in Germany

TVE, Spain

German company Theater Titanick returns to Chile with a new piece of stunning street theater: Alice on the Run. Inspired by the world of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, the show tells of Alice’s journey to an unknown world full of strange characters and situations. It’s a metaphor for the odyssey that those in search of a new home embark on and for the difficulties those who emigrate in the hope of finding a better future go through. The story begins when Alice’s house falls down and her friend, the White Rabbit, disappears. The only thing left is a tub she uses as a boat to embark on a journey to the unknown. She visits different places - an island, a prison, a border crossing and an office full of bureaucrats - until she gets to the chessboard where the White Queen and the Red Queen await her to engage in the ultimate battle. Will she manage to find a new home? A brilliant fable about what immigrants go through: a piece full of magic, emotion and pyrotechnics with a powerful political and human message.

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Company

Compañía Theater Titanick

Theater Titanick is a German company founded in 1990 by visual artists, designers and actors from Leipzig and Munster, renowned for its work in urban spaces using special effects and large-scale structures. It specializes in open-air theater and is considered one of the biggest and most important companies of its kind in Europe. With 15 productions under its belt, it has performed in 28 countries and brought together thousands of people in public places. Their approach has its roots in European folkloric theater, which they combine with new creative forms. They have won more than 10 awards for their productions, which are characterized by their twisted humor, poetic nature and carnival-like esthetics.

Created by Theater Titanick, Michael Helmerhorst Artistic director Uwe Köhler Director Michael Helmerhorst Set designer André Böhme Music Gundolf Nandico Costume designers Katharina Eichner, Marcel Dewart Special effects Robert Schiller, Matthias Stein, Ricardo Borau, Alexander Litwinenko, Felix Martens Cast Christian Backhauß, Lisa Balzer, Clair Howells, Thomas Kuhnert, Georg Lennarz, Laila Nielsen Technical director Jörg Rost Technicians Cord Meyer, Stephan Östrovsky, Hartmut Stephan, Lisa Tatz, Justus Weber Lighting Andreas Liedl Sound Ingo Koch Producer and tour manager Gesine Kästner Assistant director Clara Dolinschek

With the collaboration of the City of Munster; the Ministry of Culture and Science of the Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen ; the City of Leipzig; the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Sachsen and La Strada Graz

  • Alice on the Run tackles one of the fundamental issue of our times: the search for home, being sent away, fleeing the land of one’s birth and hope for a better future. Immigration, both in Germany and Chile, is not only a relevant topic and a political and economic issue but also a human drama that urgently needs to be taken care of.

  • This piece’s main characteristics are the stunning staging and the appealing special effects that are part of the company’s style. Comprised of three moving cubes and a giant chess board pyramid, the show goes round in a circle, with the audience part of the set, moving around during the show. Each element is reused to create the strange and unique worlds Alice visits on her journey. The stage was designed by André Böhme from the Leipzig School of Art and built by Titanick’s technicians.

  • Theater Titanick is one of the most important street theater companies in Europe, winner of more than 10 awards for their original and spectacular pieces for public spaces. Their shows have been seen by hundreds of thousands of spectators on four different continents. Given their experience in and command of street theater - a genre in which they’re one of the most important companies - they founded the National Association of Open-Air Theater of Germany in 2006.

  • Since its premiere in 2017, Alice on the Run has been seen by more than 40,000 spectators worldwide, receiving an award voted for by the public at the International Street Theater Festival in Holzminden, Germany.

  • This is the third time that Theater Titanick has taken part in Santiago a Mil. In 2010, they presented Firebirds — described by the local press as “sensual, atmospheric and visual” — and a show that attracted an audience of thousands in Antofagasta and Santiago. In 2012, they were back with Titanic, which was presented in the Plaza de la Constitución to an audience of more than 20,000 and which was acclaimed by the press for “its combination of pyrotechnics, live music, water cannons and crazy performances”
  • Alice in Wonderland. Written by British author Lewis Carroll and published in 1865, this novel is one of the most popular stories in the literary nonsense genre. The story is based on the adventures of a girl called Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole into a bizarre and strange world filled with eccentric characters like the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit who leads her to his burrow, a portal that takes her on her next journey. Countless adaptations of the story have been made for theater, opera and cinema and the story has inspired countless artists and musicians, including Bob Dylan, Salvador Dalí and The Beatles.

  • Street theater. This is the name given to outdoor theater presentations in public which don’t charge an entrance fee, performed on urban stages so a large number of people can see them. It emerged as a way of emancipating the working-class and reinforcing the revolutionary feeling against the powers-that-be at the beginning of the twentieth century. Later, it was developed as a way of making theater more democratic and of taking it to different parts of the city.

A story turned into a political fable, inspired by the journeys of the migrants arriving in Germany

TVE, Spain

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